This is what happens:
Anonymous asked you:saying that racism is simply power + prejudice is just the most reductionist thing I have ever heard. Powerless people are racist, powerful people are too. And, if you really think about it, NOBODY can escape prejudice. There is no absolute truth once filtered through our human eyes/brain. Every opinion is incomplete, all ideas are fundamentally prejudiced one way or another. Racism is a horrible thing but this kind of reduced ideology only adds to the fire.
Anonymous asked you:That’s a very western-centric view though - how about white people living in, say, the middle east (or anywhere in the world where the country ISN’T run by white people) - would you STILL argue that ONLY white people can be racist, even in situations where white people are not the dominant power-holders?
Anonymous asked you:
only white people can be racist? That is one of the most ignorant things I have ever heard. I know you don’t give two shits, but I have no desire to follow you anymore.
Kyriarchy is a neologism coined by Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza to describe interconnected, interacting, and multiplicative systems of domination and submission, within which a person oppressed in one context might be privileged in another. It is an intersectional elaboration of the concept of patriarchy — it extends the analysis of oppression beyond traditional feminism to dynamics such as sexism, racism, economic injustice, and other forms of internalized and institutionalized oppression.
I often hear white people self-identify as “not racist.”
But, as white people, we don’t get to decide if our behaviors or our words are racist. We don’t get to decide if we’re appropriating someone else’s culture. This is a time where our voice doesn’t matter and where we don’t get to contribute to the dialogue.
You’re also not oppressed if you lose extra perks and bonuses that came with your privilege to make sure that the other groups gain the rights you’ve always had.
|what i said:||you have white privilege|
|what they think i said:||you have never dealt with any kind of hardship whatsoever and you are not oppressed in any way and you are a horrible person who is not deserving of love or happiness|
“Don’t women have female privilege?”
No, what is commonly called “female privilege” is better described as benevolent sexism. Systems like the draft and chivalry often seem advantageous to women at first glance, but when examined more closely they in fact reinforce sexist institutions that keep both women and men from true equality. Also, it should be noted that, while men have what’s called male privilege that doesn’t mean that there must logically be a “female privilege” counterpart. This is because, although many strides towards equality have been made over the years, women as a class have not yet leveled the playing field, much less been put in a position of power and authority equivalent to that which grants institutional power to men as a class.
I am so fucking queer.
I talk about queer things. I do queer shit.
I’ll queer up your breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Don’t expect me to hide it. Don’t expect me to conform to your heterosexual patriarchy.
I am so fucking queer.
I’m white: I have the privilege of assuming that when I watch a movie or turn on the TV, the majority of people will have a similar skin tone to me.
I’m cisgender: I have the privilege of not having people question whether or not I’m a “real” woman.
I’m employed and middle class: I have the privilege of living in a “safe” neighborhood and of never having to worry about if I will have enough food for myself or my family.
I’m able: I have the privilege of not worrying about what places are accessible or accommodating.
Now, it’s your turn.
(See? It’s not that difficult. You, most likely, in some capacity, have privilege. You receive societal benefits. And, I’m sorry, men, to pick on you, but so many of you want to deny your male privilege. It exists. We all know that we can think of a million examples of your privilege. I’m not even asking you to do anything to change it - just validate that you are, in fact, privileged. And, please, pretty pretty please, don’t try to pretend that you are somehow victimized by being asked to acknowledge your privilege.)
(P.S. White people, see above parenthetical statement. It applies to us, too.)
That doesn’t mean, “Your argument is automatically invalid because you’re white/male/able-bodied/whatever.”
It means, “There’s an aspect to this argument you are incapable of understand because you are white/male/able-bodied/whatever, and you should accept that and review your argument with that in mind.”
I keep hearing murmurings - ones that seem to get louder and louder. Discontent, maybe even fracture, among those in the LGBTQ movement. And I’m wondering where we’re headed. I’m wondering if change.org and the human rights campaign are who we really want to be our voice. I don’t have all the answers, nor is my mind made up. But, I see concerns. And I want to know your thoughts.
Is it too mainstream and commercial?
Is it too white, too middle class, too elitist?
Does it create a hierarchy? Is it willing to sell out trans*, queer, and bisexuals in order to further lesbian and gay goals?
Is it sexist? Does it always show the gay, white man as the face of the movement?
Does it ignore those who are undocumented, unprivileged, or inconvenient?